Washington : Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Location: Tukwila, WA (Seattle metro)
Salary range: Commensurate with experience
FLSA status: Exempt
Physical strength: Light
Background: Financial Beginnings Washington increases the financial capabilities of Washingtonians. We empower youth and adults to take control of their financial futures through educational programs that incorporate all aspects of personal finance. Financial Beginnings Washington is an affiliate of Financial Beginnings USA. Financial Beginnings USA provides the infrastructure and programming it is local state affiliates in support of a unified mission.
Financial Beginnings Washington’s office is in Tukwila and provides programming for the entire state. We are a volunteer-driven, community-oriented organization. Programs are enhanced by the career experience and personal knowledge of volunteer instructors who serve as strong role models for participants. We provide our programs in partnership with schools and community-based organizations. We offer a full suite of programming from age-specific curricula for K-12 students to programming for college students, Spanish-speakers, and economically-vulnerable adults.
Candidate Profile: Financial Beginnings opened its Seattle office in 2014 to expand its programs into Washington State. Since this expansion, Washington programming has grown significantly each year to now educate nearly 10,000 participants annually. Financial Beginnings Washington seeks an Executive Director who can contribute to this growth and position the organization for long-term sustainability and success. This inspiring leader will possess strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to lead staff, engage the Board, and spearhead fundraising, strategy, programming and operations in-keeping with Financial Beginnings Washington’s mission. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of all aspects of nonprofit management with a special emphasis on relationship building, donor-cultivation, and strategic thinking. The ideal candidate is a proven leader who personifies the image and brand of Financial Beginnings Washington.
Fundraising and Communications
- Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support operations and program expansion.
- Oversee contract grant writer and work towards being able to hire fundraising staff.
- Manage fundraising including implementing annual plan to diversify, renew and increase contributions.
- Manage corporate and foundations donor relations.
- Oversee individual giving and fundraising events.
- Work towards creating a stronger local brand through streamlined and consistent communications.
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new fundraising opportunities.
Leadership and Staff Management
- Ensure ongoing program excellence and rigorous program evaluation.
- Maintain consistent quality of finance and administration.
- Develop, in partnership with the Board, a Washington-specific strategic plan with accompanying reporting mechanisms showing progress toward performance.
- Provide updates on strategic plan progress to the board with the information needed to make informed decisions.
- Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations as well as for expansion opportunities.
- Develop, coach, lead, and retain a high-performing team.
- Prepare annual budget for Board approval and ensure compliance to budget throughout fiscal year; manage financial reporting process.
- Establish employee review process and complete timely performance reviews.
- Establish self as leader of financial education in Washington including participation in and on community boards, panels, and coalitions to remain apprised of industry best practices and establish relationships with similarly-focused agencies.
- Oversee the implementation of new programs offered by FBUSA and grow existing programs.
- Oversee program staff and delivery.
- Maintain current information regarding the needs of the community, including serving on pertinent committees and task forces.
- Maintain multilayered connections to curricula, educators, partners and volunteers to ensure quality program delivery.
- Ensure effective systems to evaluate program outputs and outcomes and effectively communicate to Board, funders, and other constituents.
- Support program staff in recruiting and training volunteer teachers.
- Collaborate with the Financial Beginnings USA and Financial Beginnings Oregon Executive Director on regional programs.
SKILLS, EDUCATION, AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A minimum of five years of management experience at a nonprofit organization, ideally in Washington.
- Track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization.
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs.
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders representing diverse demographics.
- Familiarity with Washington’s nonprofit sector including community-based organizations, foundations and potential funders.
- Excellent communication skills; persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse populations
- High integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed